5 Fun Facts About Dogs You Might Not Know

1. Dogs evolved from weasel-like creatures!

Did you know the evolutionary path of dogs can be traced back to nearly 40 million years ago? Miacis, which dwelled in trees and dens, was a weasel-like animal.

Miacis evolved in time, becoming Tomarctus. Tomarctus then evolved into the genus Canis, which can include dogs, wolves, and even jackals.

2. NO chocolate, caffeine, grapes or raisins

Dogs should never, EVER, be given even small amounts of grapes or raisins as they can cause renal failure. The same is said to be true of chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, and basically anything with caffeine in it. It can cause your dog to become very sick – or even die – so no matter how much they beg, it is not worth the risk.

3. Pointer faces lead longer lives

Dogs with pointier, more wolf-like faces tend to lead longer lives. Dogs with flat faces, such as pugs or wrinkle dogs tend to lead shorter lives. This may be because of the selective breeding required to gain the flatter face – in genetics, it has been proven that a wide variation of genes tends to survive better than that of a small group.

4. Taco Bell dog Gidget was a rescue!

Gidget, the face of Taco Bell, was a rescue dog. Thanks to some kind folks, Gidget was rescued and became a star – and lived to the ripe old age of 15. Though she did pass away a couple of years back, she is fondly remembered by many people – and even inspired some children to delve into learning Spanish.

5. Rin Tin Tin did it first

Rin Tin Tin was the first really famous “Hollywood” dog. Rin Tin tin was found as a 5 day old puppy in France during World War II. Soldier Lee Duncan found, and subsequently adopted the puppy.

It is said that Rin Tin Tin would sign his own contracts with his paw print.

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